El Paso Museum of History celebrates Russian New Year

El Paso Museum of History celebrates Russian New Year
El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department/ Natalia Savchenko
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POSTED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 12:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

The El Paso Museum of History will present a Russian New Year’s Celebration this Saturday, December 28th, which complements the museum's Holidays Celebration events. Russian traditions, food, games, music, taekwondo performances and ballet dancing will be held in the museum. This event is open and free to the public.

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka are the main characters of the Russian celebrations dedicated to the parting of the old year and the new year. These traditions have a rich history and unique purpose, which have been celebrated for more than 2,000 years and continue to raise the passions of historians, ethnographers and linguists. The children's parties came from Russian fairy tales.

Ded Moroz is not Santa Claus. He is a character from the eastern Slavic mythology. The literal translation of the name is Father Frost, or Grandfather Frost, or Grandfather Snow. He wears a blue, white or red coat and moves in the sleigh horses. Ded Moroz is inseparable from Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden Granddaughter or Snow Maiden.

The celebration starts with a Skazochnitza (storyteller), asking children and adults few questions about the season and the participating characters. Skazochnitza invites guests to call Snegurochka, who for being younger, comes before his grandfather. She asks children and their parents help call Ded Moroz because he is the only one that can turn on the lights in the main tree and deliver gifts to children. After calling him three times, Ded Moroz comes out and tells participants that on his way to the party, Immortal Boney stole his trunk full of gifts. The rest of the party consists of traditional songs, dancing around the decorated tree covered with lights.

The main purpose is to find Immortal Boney, challenge him to play, to recover gifts and to show that friendship between the good and talented children is always stronger than difficulties in their way to the new year. The festivities end with the opening of presents and exchanging best wishes.

The El Paso Museum of History is located at 510 N. Santa Fe Street. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is open and free to the public.

For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Marilú Valenzuela at 915.351.3588 or email at alemanmg@elpasotexas.gov.

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С Новым годом - Happy new year in Russian. Pronounced snovem goden

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